Insist on a Board Certification Plastic Surgeon

One thing most patients seldom consider is how important it is for their plastic surgeon to be board certified in plastic surgery.

Plastic surgery as a specialty takes in all surgical procedures designed to repair, reconstruct, replace or enhance features of the face and body. Cosmetic surgery procedures can be divided in two major categories; cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Cosmetic surgery procedures are performed to aesthetically enhance the normal features of the face and body.

Reconstructive surgery procedures are performed to correct the facial or body abnormalities caused by birth defects, diseases, tumors, or trauma.

Did you know state laws permit any licensed physician to call him, or herself a “plastic” or “cosmetic” surgeon? Even if they have not been trained as a plastic surgeon and have had no surgical training at all, any medical doctor can technically perform plastic surgery.

Specialization and Board Certification lift the surgeon above others in their field with specific education, training, examination and experience in the area. As a patient, you need to make sure your plastic surgeon has this certification.

Here is just some of the additional training a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon has undergone:

Plastic surgeons are one of only 24 medical specialists that have been trained to perform surgery. Plastic surgery is a surgical specialty.

Board certified plastic surgeons are experts in body and facial procedures. Their training includes a minimum three-year residency in an accredited general surgery program and a minimum two-year residency in plastic surgery. To become certified, the doctor then must successfully complete comprehensive written and oral exams. This in-depth surgical training program encompasses specific procedures for different areas of face and body.

This board certification also includes training in the prevention and handling of surgical emergencies.

Comprehensive, advanced education and a sound foundation in anatomy and physiology specifically aimed at achieving surgical expertise gives the board-certified plastic surgeon with an understanding of all body systems-including ventilation, circulation, fluid and electrolyte balance-which is vitally important to patient safety.

Outstanding technical skill and aesthetic judgment, with particular attention to form as well as function, provide these specialists with a finely tuned sense of beauty, proportion and balance that is needed for success in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery.

Plastic surgeons are trained in and have access to a wide range of potential treatments and procedures. These specialists remain updated on the entire scope of reconstructive and cosmetic treatment procedures so their recommendation are not limited due to lack of training or education in the latest modalities.

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